Group J: Wuhan Three Towns FC (CHN) 2-2 Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Wuhan: Substitute Jose Kante smashed home an injury time equaliser as defending champions Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan salvaged a 2-2 draw from their opening AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group J meeting with China PR’s Wuhan Three Towns on Wednesday.
Kante struck four minutes into added time to rescue Maciej Skorza’s side after Brazilian striker Davidson looked to have given the Chinese Super League champions all three points with his 62nd minute penalty.
Zhang Xiaobin had put Wuhan in front in the 12th minute before Bryan Linssen’s powerful header pulled Urawa level 10 minutes after the interval, only for Davidson to strike from the spot seven minutes later. But Kante’s goal meant the points were shared.
Group F: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) 2-1 Kitchee SC (HKG)
Jeonju: Han Kyo-won earned two-time AFC Champions League™ winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors a 2-1 win over Hong Kong’s Kitchee in Jeonju on Wednesday as Dan Petrescu’s side made a positive start to their Group F campaign in the 2023/24 edition of the continental club championship.
Han’s clinical 61st minute strike into the bottom corner of Paulo Cesar’s goal was the difference between the teams after Kitchee’s Mikael had cancelled out Hong Jeong-ho’s early header with a opportunistic overhead kick in the 56th minute.
Group H: Melbourne City (AUS) 0-0 Ventforet Kofu (JPN)
Melbourne: Japanese second division club Ventforet Kofu made an impressive debut in the AFC Champions League™ after they held Melbourne City of Australia to a goalless draw in their Group H opener on Wednesday.
Yoshiyuki Shinoda’s Ventforet did well to keep Melbourne quiet and created the best of the chances – including a Kazuhiro Sato free-kick late in the first half which struck the crossbar.
Kohei Matsumoto and Yoshiki Torikai also had opportunities to score the Japanese team’s first-ever goal in the competition, but goalkeeper Jamie Young helped the A-League side secure a point against the debutants.
Group G: Stallion Laguna FC (PHI) 2-5 Bali United FC (IDN)
Binan: Indonesia’s Bali United secured a 5-2 win away at Philippines’ Stallion Laguna to open their AFC Cup™ 2023/24 campaign in impressive fashion on Wednesday.
Stefano Cugurra’s Bali were on top throughout the match at Binan Football Stadium and will take this as a confidence booster ahead of matches against Australia’s Central Coast Mariners and Malaysia’s Terengganu FC in Group G.
Qualifiers Round 2 - Group B: Australia 6-2 Philippines; Bangladesh 0-2 Vietnam
Hanoi: Australia came back from two goals down to defeat the Philippines 6-2 in their AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024 Qualifiers Group A tie at National Youth Football Training Centre on Wednesday.
Vietnam were also victorious, defeating Bangladesh 2-0 to close on in a place in the Finals.